I have never been a Yankee fan. I can’t be. I root for The NY Mets no matter how awful they may be. Yet, I can’t help but get caught up in all of the Derek Jeter commotion. Even though I would never root for The Yankees, I will cheer on Derek. Especially tonight.
He is the epitome of what a sports role model should be. He is the type of player that I want my kids to root for. He follows the rules on AND off the field. He’s friendly, engaging, appealing, attractive and one of the best hitters to play the game. Plus, that smile…it only adds to his charm 🙂
As a captain he showed leadership. He is respected by his teammates, other players, coaches and fans.
The Washington Post quoted Washington Nationals, Tyler Clippard who said,
“I was his teammate for four months, when you’re around somebody like that, you’re going to pay attention. He’s a good, genuine guy. The best thing I can say about him is that you would never know he is Derek Jeter. He doesn’t ‘big league’ anybody, no matter what walk of life you’re from. . . . He’s not putting on a show.”
That’s probably the best way to describe how I feel about him. Genuine. So as the world say good bye to him tonight, as he plays his last home game at Yankee Stadium, my family was watching. We were talking about what he might do with his life after baseball. The kids think he will coach or manage. I think he should be some sort of motivational speaker. People will surely listen.